Books

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Blu-ray Discs

Alan contributed numerous commentaries and special feature appearances for a variety of Blu-ray© and DVD classic film releases.

Several recent releases include documentary featurettes produced by TVP Enterprises, Alan’s production company that he co-founded with filmmakers Steven C. Smith and Patrick Francis.


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Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film

Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film

“In a superbly researched, highly compelling account of one of cinema’s most gifted and underrated directors, Rode provides a vivid description of Curtiz’s personality and work- ing methods. It is di cult if not impossible to imagine a more complete account of his life.” —Steven C. Smith, author of A Heart at Fire’s Center: The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann

TV’s Mightiest Mouthpiece—The Noir Roots of Perry Mason

TV’s Mightiest Mouthpiece—The Noir Roots of Perry Mason

CROOKED MOUTHPIECES date back to the era of 1930s porto-noir gangster movies (reaching their apogee with Louis Calhern’s turn in The Asphalt Jungle), but crusading defense attorneys who trod the line between cleverness and corruption proved to be scarce onscreen.   ...

Dinner with Alfonse: A Family Remembrance

Dinner with Alfonse: A Family Remembrance

Alfonse at work Grandfather lit up a Salem and recalled the young Joan Crawford as we sat around the dining table.  “She would do anything with anybody,” he said with a knowing wink.  Grandmother shushed him with  “Alfonse!” as she and Mom cleared the table. Mom...

Thar She Blows!

Thar She Blows!

Twilight Time releases a restored Blu-ray® of John Huston’s essential Moby Dick (1956)   In the film, Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962), there is a beach scene with an alluring ingénue telling James Stewart that she began reading Moby Dick but gave it up because, “who...

The Season of Noir

The Season of Noir

The late spring and beginning of summer is my favorite time of the year in Southern California.  The roses are in bloom, the temperature in the San Fernando Valley hasn’t yet reached the upper extremes of a pizza oven and the birds sing all day.  It is also the time...

Books

book cover photo of director Michael Curtiz book cover art photo of Charles McGraw

Books

book cover photo of director Michael Curtiz book cover art photo of Charles McGraw

Blu-ray Discs

Alan contributed numerous commentaries and special feature appearances for a variety of Blu-ray© and DVD classic film releases.

Several recent releases include documentary featurettes produced by TVP Enterprises, Alan’s production company that he co-founded with filmmakers Steven C. Smith and Patrick Francis.


photo cover of Blu-ray Disc featuring Lloyd Bridges and Barbara Peyton Blu-ray cover art featuring stylized Nina Foch and George Macready behind bars illustrated Blu-ray disc cover art featuring Brian Donlevy, Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd in The Glass Key illustrated cover of Blu-Ray Disc featuring Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix in The Blue Dahlia cover art for Blu-ray disc featuring illustrated Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd, Robert Preston in This Gun for Hire Blu-ray cover art illustrated Franchot Tone Ella Raines Phantom Lady

Blu-ray Classics

photo cover of Blu-ray Disc featuring Dan Duryea,June Vincent, Peter Lorre photo cover of Blu-ray Disc featuring James Stewart and Ruth Roman blu-ray disc cover art for classic noir film The Man Who Cheated Himself featuring Jane Wyatt and Lee J. Cobb Raw Deal cover art photo cover of Blu-Ray Disc Too Late for Tears featuring Lizabeth Scott and Dan Duryea photo cover of Blu-ray Disc Casablanca 70th Anniversary featuring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman photo cover of Blu-ray Disc for T-Men featuring Dennis O'Keefe cover art for Blu-ray Disc The Breaking Point featuring Wallace Ford